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Mahler: Symphony No.6 [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free]

Lucerne Festival Orchestra    Exempt   Blu-ray
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Lucerne Festival Orchestra
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: EUROARTS
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Aug 2010
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003X859FM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,744 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The imposing experience of Mahler's No. 6 is captured live in a performance of awesome silences and towering climaxes with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Claudio Abbado. Claudio Abbado has realised a dream with his new Lucerne Festival Orchestra. The orchestra, an exclusive ensemble of handpicked orchestral musicians, opens up new dimensions in the interpretation of symphonic music with exceptional soloists such as violinist Kolja Blacher, cellist Natalia Gutman and clarinettist Sabine Meyer filling the first desks. Claudio Abbado is undeniably a supreme Mahler conductor and his best selling recordings with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra symphonies No. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 9 have already been released on EuroArts they have set new standards in interpretation of works by Gustav Mahler.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Abbado has the enviable reputation of being one of the world's finest Mahler conductors. This has been further reinforced by his set of performances held at Lucerne with his hand-picked orchestra constituting the Lucerne Festival orchestra. This very large orchestra, apart from containing musicians of outstanding individual abilities, also lays great stress upon their empathy and experience with the world of chamber music. Thus is achieved the unusual combination of orchestral size allied to individual and corporate sensitivity. This suits Abbado's particular vision of Mahler and this is apparent throughout this very fine performance which some would describe as close to definitive.

Abbado has made two previous and successful recordings of this symphony for CD in 1979 with the Chicago Symphony and then in 2005. This latter recording with the Berlin Philharmonic was voted record of the year by the jury at the influential `Gramophone' magazine. The current recording was made in 2006 and differs little from the 2005 audio-only CD. Of course there is the undoubted huge advantage of actually seeing the interpretation unfold before our very eyes.

This symphony is often considered to be Mahler's most tragic symphony and much has been made of the significance of the hammer blows incorporated in the music - the blows of fate. Tragic events of Mahler's life are associated with this and these are regularly referred to as the death of his young daughter, the diagnosis of his own fatal illness plus the loss of his job. Another possibility is the effect of unrest preceding the 1914 war. However all of these events came after the composition of the symphony which was first performed in 2006 and which had been written at a particularly happy time in Mahler's life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for Husband & He Loved It 3 Feb 2014
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Really delighted with this & he loves listening to it, especially after the recent passing of the conductor Claudio Abado.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another in Abbado's fine Mahler series 18 Mar 2011
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Abbado reinforces his reputation as a Mahler interpreter, guiding his orchestra through the composer's "Tragic" symphony. Little needs to be said about the quality of his Lucerne Festival Orchestra, who invariably respond admirably to Abbado. The final movement with its "hammer-blows of fate" is a truly moving experience.
Euroarts' production values are maintained in this recording; pictures and sound are excellent, as is direction.
I feel the DTS HD surround sound is somewhat less focused on this disc than on the others I have auditioned, almost putting the listener inside the orchestra and spreading the postioning of the instruments beyond the front speakers. This is not necessarily a criticism, as there may be a heightened sense of involvement with the music. Overall the sound is comparable with other blu-rays in this Mahler series, (I exclude Symphony no. 2 as reviews have deterred me from purchasing it), with a wide frequency and dynamic range. Mahler's heavy use of percussion is captured well; the engineer left headroom for the hammer blows, which are startling. Imagine a fairground 'try your strength' machine where you have to hit a target as hard as you can with a large wooden mallet. That roughly describes what happens here, the target being a wooden block that makes the dead sound that Mahler specified. But what a sound! The bass drum is also beautifully clear.
A winner, then, and my thanks to all involved in its production.
P.S. 29/04/2011 - see other reviews for the blu-ray version of the second symphony, now corrected and sounding magnificent. Well done Euroarts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mahler 6 14 Oct 2010
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This was a purchase to replace a standard DVD and it was worth the change. Even as a DVD it is a brilliant recording and in bluray it even better.
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I've recently heard and seen on TV the final moments of Claudio Abbado conducting the sixth symphony of Gustav Mahler. It was a live concert with the Lucerne festival Orchestra. What I've seen in those final moments touched my heart in a way few works of art can. It was not the fact that it was Mahler sixth symphony (a work that for years fascinates me) but the face of the conductor. It seems like Abbado himself touched in those last moments the gates of death. Indeed, I see it in my mind, a man standing in front of a bridge, under him a vast darkness, and he look over that bridge, to the other side. Mahler's works are like that, like many great works of art, they prepare you for your death in a way your life by their own prepares you. But seeing the face of the conductor again it reminds me how close pain is to life. The final bars ends, the work ends, and all that remains of what was heard is a vast silence that although the applause cuts remain in the air, in the lower depth of those how feel such close to the music. In his face Abbado seems to draw the attention of how private this work is, how lonely he felt when the final notes surround him, it is a great work, a powerful and devastating one, and also one that when you will look closer enough you will feel the fire burns you out. During some of Mahler works there are moments when you feel as though you are hearing sounds from a world that is so private, so personal that you ask yourself whatever was going in his mind that moments, when he set and wrote.
More then most Composers Mahler's music seems to touch the daily life of the modern era. Like other painters and authors he seems to see how crucial life are, how much depth the soul of man have, and how lonely life are in the modern society.
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